Noreen Naseem Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor

Iowa State University

Dr. Noreen Naseem Rodriguez

Speaking & Presenting

Due to COVID-19, all upcoming presentations and speaking events have been cancelled.

I am scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the American Reading Forum in December 2020 and will update that status as the date grows closer.

Writing & Publications

Big news! I wrote a book with my social studies soulmate Dr. Katy Swalwell! It's called Social Studies for a Better World: An Anti-Oppressive Approach for Elementary Educators and will be published by W.W. Norton in November 2021.

Check out the webinar I participated in about the Politics of Citation in Critical Scholarship, hosted by the AERA Social Studies Research SIG and CUFA's Scholars of Color Forum.

Click here for the webinar I did with Dr. Amanda Vickery in conjunction with Lee & Low Books about teaching slavery through children's literature.

Recent Open Access Publications

Focus on Friendship or Fights for Civil Rights? Teaching the Difficult History of Japanese American Incarceration through The Bracelet

Much Bigger Than a Hamburger: Disrupting Problematic Picturebook Depictions of the Civil Rights Movement

Pinning for Profit? Examining Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Critical Analysis of Online Social Studies Resources About Black History

Areas of Study

Latino History

Drawing from the work of Labbo & Field (1999) and Dr. Cinthia Salinas, each semester my undergraduate students compose journey boxes about Latino people, places, and events that are not included in...


Asian American History

While people of color as a whole are barely visible in the traditional narrative of American history, Asian Americans are perhaps the most ignored minority group...


Recommended Children's

I'm often asked for recommendations for children's literature. Each time this happens, I ask for specificity - what do you want to teach/focus on and who do you teach?


Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here.
- Neil Gaiman